Netherlands, Belgium

Netherlands Audio Travel Guides

In the twenty first century the Dutch and Belgians have become very pragmatic – very Europeanised nations. Their economies have thrived within the European Union – but for tourists there’s a much deeper culture of art and architecture which makes cities like Brugge, Ghent, Antwerp, Amsterdam and Harlem so redolent of the seventeenth century – Holland’s Golden Age. And for English-speaking tourists it’s just like being at home with hosts who can talk to you easily…

  1. Hear how tourists love to buy tulips ! And visit the tulip museum which covers the Tulip Mania of the 1630s…
  2. Hear why the Dutch started making their world famous blue and white Delft pottery – the cheap tourist tat and great works of ceramics…
  3. Hear how the humble poppy flower became the symbol of the suffering in World War I…

Church carillons play tunes as distinctive as the city's canals. Elegant Architecture and painting... Rembrandt in Rijksmuseum. Rembrandt House museum. Tragic story of Ann Frank house... Jewish girl deported by Nazis after hiding for years. Canalboat trip always turns up…

Belgian mussels and fries and the architecture make no concessions. It's Belgian; diamond cutting to 57 facets. Superb new diamond museum and you follow one diamond from mine to being set in a ring. Deals with Conflict Diamonds; finest Belgian…

Sunday morning stroll and breakfast from cake and pastry shops; Gent feels lived in... more so than Brugges. Cathedral tour; Guilds all built churches; canal boat tour; songbird market interesting; specialist markets ... plants, antiques, bric-a-brac; castle history; giant cannon,…

Mons has a lot of very strong medieval events it holds each year. One of them is the Lumecon. Eight metre wicker dragon. Huge crowds with King of Belgium watching. City Hall from 1450. Berlaymont family lived here. British Duke…

Ieper in Flemish ( Ypres in French) was an absolutely crucial defensive city in World War One. It was flattened as British and empire troops defended the Ypres Salient for the entire war around the city. In this guide visit…

Ypres or Ieper - to give it its Flemish name ( and that after all is where it is ! ) - is a remarkable rebuild of an important and wealthy medieval town but which was destroyed almost totally in…